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Spider Dogs

You’ll need:

  • Hot dogs
  • A campfire roasting stick*

Directions:

Have an adult help you slice both ends of each hotdog into quarters, ending about two inches down. When you look at each end of the hot dog, it should look like it’s split into four sections.

Put the stick right through the middle of the hotdog. Cook over the campfire and watch the ends curl up just like spider legs!

Singing Apples

You’ll need:

  • Macintosh apples
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar
  • Your campfire roasting stick

Directions:

Have an adult help you spear the apples on your roasting stick. Cook them over the campfire until the skin in burned and the apple “sings.” (When the steam escapes from the apple, it makes a high-pitched sound like the apple is singing.) Ask the adult to carefully remove the skin. Roll apples in cinnamon and sugar, wait for the apple to cool and enjoy!

Bird Seed Trail Mix

You’ll need:

  • 1 box of Frosted Flakes
  • 1 box of raisins
  • 1 can of roasted peanuts
  • 1 large bag of plain M & M’s

Directions: Empty all ingredients into a large bowl and mix together. Put into plastic bags and you have a perfect on-the-go energy snack.

Bugs on a Log

You’ll need:

  • Celery
  • Peanut butter
  • Raisins

Directions:

Wash the celery and cut into four-inch pieces. Spread peanut butter on the celery (the “log”) and put your raisins across the peanut butter. You won’t mind eating these “bugs”!

Chocolate Peanut Butter S’mores

You’ll need:

  • Bite-size peanut butter cups
  • Chocolate graham crackers
  • Marshmallows
  • Your campfire roasting stick

Directions:

Use your campfire roasting stick to roast your marshmallow over the campfire until it’s crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside. Put the marshmallow on the chocolate graham cracker. Stack a peanut butter cup on top of the marshmallow and top with another graham cracker for a sweet treat.

Ice-cream Kickball

Most camping outfitters now sell "icecream balls" that you can fill with ingredients and pass around the campsite to make some great tasting homemade icecream. However, you don't have to buy these gadgets to make icecream around the campsite with your kids. All you need are two coffee cans, a small one (1 pound) and a large one (3 pound), and duct tape.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup half and half or milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • rock salt
  • crushed ice
  • ice-cream flavor (chocolate syrup, peanut butter, or strawberry sauce)

Instructions:

      1. Strip the paper label off of the smaller coffee can (for better temperature transfer).
      2. Mix the milk, sugar, vanilla and any added flavor you want into the small coffee can.
      3. Close the lid and tape it firmly shut with duct tape.
      4. Place the small coffee can into the larger one and surround it with crushed ice.
      5. Sprinkle about 7 to 9 tablespoons of rock salt over the ice.
      6. Close the lid of the larger can and duct tape the lid closed.
      7. Pass the can around, or roll it back and forth along the ground for 10 minutes.
      8. Check the ice-cream, if it isn't ready, shake it around for 10 more minutes
      9. Serve the ice-cream and enjoy!

The Banana Canoe

This recipe is not only fun to make, but it's also fun to eat. Kids get a kick out of eating a banana with a spoon.

Ingredients:

  • 1 fresh banana with a firm peel
  • 1 tablespoon M&M's
  • 2 tsp granola
  • 2 tsp mini marshmallows

Instructions:

      1. Place your banana on thick aluminum foil (or two layers).
      2. Don't peel the banana, just cut a slice out along length of the banana.
      3. Stuff chocolate chips, nuts, and the marshmallows into the opening of your "canoe."
      4. Wrap the banana with the aluminum foil.
      5. Carefully place the banana over the hot coals with tongs, and leave it there for about 10 minutes.
      6. Use tongs to place the banana on a picnic table to cool, then eat with a spoon.